Much has been said in the past week about Councilmember Ian Perrotta’s recent censure by his fellow councilmembers.
This is the second time that Perrotta has been called out for his behavior.
We wrote about this in last week’s issue, so we won’t belabor the point.
But there is a repeating pattern that we find concerning: First, he admits to acting inappropriately; then, he immediately pivots, and paints himself as the victim of a political smear campaign, finding fault in others – including this newspaper.
We’ll let the public weigh in on this one, but Perrotta has displayed outbursts during council meetings that makes one think there is an anger issue.
We will leave it at that.
Perhaps what we found more disturbing with regard to the current censure issue, is that his berating of a city employee, which he admits to, contained coarse curse words.
His defenders have excused this outburst as basically nothing to see here.
They say, the use of foul language is now accepted as normal discourse.
Sadly, they may be right.
But does that make it acceptable for an elected official to mouth off to city hall employees?
Elected officials are held to a higher standard of conduct. Perrotta is also an officer of the court, being a newly-minted attorney. Those twin positions carry added responsibilities.
Unfortunately, in the age of social media, we have seen public discourse grow more and more crude.
Is every other word now going to be an “F bomb”?
One commentator at a recent city council meeting wisely suggested that, when our elected officials get into heated discussions, they should take a step back and take a breather before continuing on.
Unfortunately, that suggestion was met with this comment: “F*** you, dude.”
Such is the state of affairs.
Sept. 4, 2020